New planter box!

You know how I've been making a lot of things out of wood (and some other materials) lately? Well, my goal is to make something new every weekend. Since I haven't posted a project for a couple of weeks, that means that I've got a couple of projects to post about this week.


I'm starting with the newest, the one that I created this past weekend. I was hoping for a dry, sunny evening in which to take photos, but I had to settle for a wet, overcast one.


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So what's the project? It's a planter box!


While getting my hair cut last Friday I found out that my stylist is creating a new planting bed in his front yard, and wanted a couple of cedar planters to fill out the design.

I told him I'd come up with some design ideas and see what he thought.


This is the first one.


The box is roughly 24"x12"x18" (60x30x45cm) which I thought would be small, but turns out to be quite a nice size.


I used the same metal panels as in my earlier screen design.

I've left it unstained (but wet -- thanks rain!) because he thought he'd want a natural finish. I'm thinking a two-toned stain job would be nice, with the corners and edging around the metal being a darker color. Natural is nice too though.


Let's turn this box into a planter, at least temporarily:




One of the benefits of wet ground: new plants don't make it into their new homes right away, so I've got Pulmonaria 'High Contrast' and Ajuga 'Caitlin's Giant' available for some instant foliage zing:


Also a green-leaved canna and a purple Tradescantia pallida. I didn't spend too much time arranging the plants as the humidity was about as high as it can get and I wanted to get back into the air-conditioned comfort.



I'd love to hear what you think about this design. Would you put it into your own garden?

I just realized that the front of the box looks like a cartoon robot, with the knots as eyes and metal grill as mouth...

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Mark and Gaz  – (July 28, 2015 at 8:45 AM)  

Now that you mentioned it, it does look like a robot :)

You're so good at this Alan! Hope your stylist will like it and either two tone or natural would look good.

A project each weekend? Cool!!

Anonymous –   – (July 28, 2015 at 9:21 AM)  

Love this can you give more specific directions.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (July 28, 2015 at 4:42 PM)  

Awesome-looking planter. Your stylist should count himself lucky!

Does the interior compartment end above the screened section? I can't quite figure it out.

Alan  – (July 28, 2015 at 4:44 PM)  

Gerhard: It's open to the ground. The box is full cedar all the way down, and the metal panels are decorative on top of that. I was going to include a shot of the interior but it didn't seem worthwhile -- guess it would have been. :)

danger garden  – (July 29, 2015 at 12:22 AM)  

It's beautiful! Wood planters aren't really my thing but if they were...

danger garden  – (July 29, 2015 at 12:23 AM)  

Ugh, hit publish too soon. Anyway I was just going to comment on the metal panel, it's a nice touch.

outlawgardener  – (July 29, 2015 at 12:48 AM)  

Well done! Love the design. Your stylist should be delighted!

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